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Top 10 Most Anticipated Games of 2018

The past year was absolutely insane for video games, with a ridiculous number of fantastic titles hitting the market in quick succession. Looking ahead, we’re starting to think that 2018 will offer an equally stellar lineup of games, some of which we’ve been anticipating for quite some time. This includes new releases from acclaimed developers to sequels from some of the most popular franchises. Here are our most anticipated games of 2018. You may not see every game you’re looking forward to on our list, but you will see the games that we’re eagerly waiting to play. 🙂

Dragon Ball Fighter Z

Platforms: PC, PS4, XB1
Release Date: January 26

Dragon Ball Fighter Z is the next title to release within the Dragon Ball franchise. It looks to be perhaps the most lovingly crafted, detailed Dragon Ball Z game ever. Built by Arc System Works, it boasts stunning animation and accessible combo systems that are enough to stoke anyone’s anime nostalgia. This game will have players choose three characters to fight and switch through during matches. However, for the story narrative, the game will follow a newly revived Android 16 and his army of androids that are designed to look like various characters. As an added bonus, the game will feature a new storyline and a new character (the villainous Android 21) created by Dragon Ball artist and scribe Akira Toriyama himself. While the video game is only stated to be available for the PlayStation 4, Xbox One, and PC platforms, Bandai Namco has expressed the possibility of bringing out a Nintendo Switch platform release, if there are enough requests from fans.

Kingdom Come: Deliverance

Platforms: PC, PS4, XB1
Release: February 13

There’s a good reason for the religious undertones in the title Kingdom Come: Deliverance. This open-world crusade takes place in the Holy Roman Empire. You play as Henry, son of a common blacksmith. Following a devastating raid, you lose both your home and family in a single stroke, and stumble into a bloody war threatening to destroy your homeland, Bohemia. It’s not every day you get to play a knightly RPG full of castles and culture!

Sea of Thieves

Platforms: PC, PS4, XB1
Release Date: March 20

This upcoming game is a semi-MMO pirate-themed action adventure where players will travel and explore an open world on a pirate ship and assume different roles. One player can be in charge of steering, while another does navigation, and the other combat. You will explore islands, search for buried treasure, take to the open sea, and embark on quests. The only problem is that the world is filled with other players, too, and they will stop at nothing to steal your booty and take over your ship. This is where Sea of Thieves’ shared world comes to life as you fight as pirates would over treasure that was not yours in the first place. User-generated content is a big feature for Sea of Thieves. Players will be able to craft their own custom stories using the various in-game tools. From there, these campaigns can be uploaded online for other players to download and enjoy.

Ni no Kuni II: Revenant Kingdom

Platforms: PC, PS4
Release Date: March 23

A joyous third-person RPG teeming with magic and musical splendor, Ni no Kuni II: Revenant Kingdom steals your heart with cuteness before you’ve slain a single foe. Anime-like in appearance, Bandai Namco’s sequel to Ni No Kuni: Wrath of the White Witch looks sharper than ever before, so if you were a fan back in 2010, prepare to be amazed. Players control Evan Pettiwhisker Tildrum, a young king who was usurped from his castle and sets out to reclaim his kingdom. Players can freely navigate Evan throughout the game’s open world, and other characters can be controlled during battles against enemies. During these battles, players use magical abilities and elemental creatures known as “Higgledies,” which are used to cast spells. Higgledies are “spirits of hearts” which exist in several forms, and may represent elements. Players also use Higgledies to reach far areas, and to clear and explore dungeons. Upon leaving a location, players enter the World Map, which can be used to select a destination; the overworld is presented as a diorama with characters portrayed with a chibi-like design.

Far Cry 5

Platforms: PC, PS4, XB1
Release Date: March 27

This Ubisoft franchise has previously striven to tell stories about violence and colonialism in wild, dangerous worlds. This time, the fifth numbered entry in the Far Cry series is leaving its “exotic” roots behind and finding conflict much closer to home—in Montana, to be exact, where the player will take on the role of a small-town sheriff investigating a radical, murderous religious cult. Ubisoft is clearly eager to take the Far Cry series in interesting new directions, as this one is truly a “far cry” from settings and narratives of the past. Still, Ubisoft’s latest entry in the Far Cry franchise could be the most riveting one yet. Why? For starters, Ubisoft plans to ditch towers and minimaps, and what’s more, we’ll have access to a character creation feature for the first time. The inclusion of more dynamic allies is a nice touch, one of which is a dog who will fight baddies and actually fetch weapons and ammo for you.

Red Dead Redemption 2

Platforms: PC, PS4, XB1
Release Date: Spring 2018

The original Red Dead Redemption is one of the most praised video games of all time, a sweeping cowboy epic in the best open world that Rockstar Studios has ever put together. Red Dead Redemption was voted “Game of the Year” in 2010 for its great story, amazing characters, huge world to explore, and enjoyable gameplay. Red Dead Redemption 2 is also being made by Rockstar, who also developed the Grand Theft Auto series. The sequel looks like a bigger, badder, and more breathtaking ride through the Wild West, if you can tell by the trailer which features the beautiful wilderness of the American West along with cowboys and a posse on horseback. Red Dead Redemption 2 was originally supposed to arrive this past fall, but now it’s slated for release sometime in the second quarter of 2018. A prequel to the original Red Dead Redemption, this latest game will tell the tale of the gang of cowboys that helped original protagonist John Marston’s rise to notoriety.

Metro Exodus

Platforms: PC, PS4, XB1
Release Date: Fall 2018

Based on Dmitry Glukhovsky’s novels, Ukrainian developer 4A Games is bringing out the third installments to the Metro video game series, Metro Exodus. This first-person shooter takes place in the not-so-distant future, 2036, but in a post-apocalyptic Earth which was devastated by a nuclear war that took place decades earlier. It’s a follow-up to the acclaimed but under-recognized Metro 2033 and Metro: Last Light, brilliant first-person shooters that masterfully blended a distinct take on the post-apocalypse with claustrophobic tension. If you enjoyed the past installments, you will be pleased to know that the developers are going all out for the new one, promising a dynamic, haunted world to chart a path through as the survivors of former Russian Federation try to forge a new life in the nuclear wastes. More specifically, the video game will follow the Redemption ending with players assuming the role of a young Artyom that flees Metro in Moscow in a journey with Spartan Rangers.

GreedFall

Platforms: PC, PS4, XB1
Release Date: TBA

GreedFall is an upcoming action role-playing video game, developed by Spiders Studio and published by Focus Home Interactive. The game is set in a Revolutionary War-era fantasy setting, with magic and monsters. An island paradise has been discovered by colonial forces from several distinct nations of fictional lands. In the game, you play as a neutral Human who recently arrived at the remote island, where the locals, who are fighting off invaders, are protected by supernatural beings. You can ally yourself with either the native Elves who inhabit the land, or any of the foreign nations’ settlers, mercenaries and treasure hunters competing to conquer and colonize the island. GreedFall is about combat, but it’s also about diplomacy, deception and stealth. Your actions, from seemingly trivial choices to the most important political decisions, will influence and affect its course as well as the relationship between the different factions established on the island. The art style of grandiose sceneries in muted warm colors and dark undertones was inspired by Baroque art from 17th-century Europe. You can get a sense of the look it’s going for in the teaser video below.

Kingdom Hearts III

Platforms: PS4, XB1
Release Date: TBA

Kingdom Hearts III is looking to be the biggest and best in the series. In 2003, Square Enix’s mashup of Final Fantasy and Disney properties seemed outlandish. A sequel ten years in the making, Kingdom Hearts 3 will hopefully bring the reality-hopping journeys of Sora, Donald, and Goofy to an epic conclusion, or at least satisfying enough to make us feel like kids again for a little while. This one includes new worlds such as a Pixar location that will star our favorite toys from the Toy Story series.

State of Decay 2

Platforms: PC, XB1
Release Date: 
TBA

This video game is a sequel to the 2013 State of Decay and will focus heavily on cooperative gameplay with up to three other players. Overall, State of Decay 2 is a zombie-survival game that lets players have their own unique story. The game is set in an open world environment and the gameplay is experienced from a third-person point of view. While battling zombies is very much a key aspect of the upcoming title release, players are encouraged to work together in setting up their own community that’s able to successfully take out the undead threat. State of Decay 2 is being developed by Undead Labs using Unreal Engine 4 and it’s being published by Microsoft Studios.

With so many games currently in development, we can’t list them all. You may be awaiting a different game than the ones we selected, and that’s okay. There are plenty of other, very promising titles due out for release this year. Which games are you looking forward to playing in 2018? Let us know… leave a comment below!

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